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BSc Mathematics and Physics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Our BSc Mathematics and Physics degree provides an opportunity to study two key subjects in depth - at a university with a fantastic reputation for both.

You will study a broad range of topics across both disciplines. In applied mathematics, for example, you can cover hydrodynamics, waves, elasticity and modelling of industrial processes. For theoretical physics you can study, among others, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics and quark matter, and field theory in curved space-time.

Our physics department is recognised as one of the very best in the UK, and we have one of the largest mathematics departments in the country - so you can explore a huge range of areas.

You will have access to an incredible array of facilities - including our £43 million built-for-purpose Alan Turing Building, designed with input from mathematics staff and students alike - and will be taught by teachers with a wide variety of research interests. Our strong links with industry include an annual maths-specific careers fair and an employer interview programme.


  • You will study two key disciplines, mathematics and physics, in depth - covering a broad range of topics in both.
  • We will provide access to a fantastic array of facilities, and you will work with leading academics in both mathematics and physics.
  • You will draw on the combined expertise of three centres of University excellence.

Special features

A range of study options

You can extend your degree by a year to undertake an integrated master's: at the beginning of your third year there is the possibility of transferring to the four-year MMath/Phys (Mathematics and Physics) course.

Excellent facilities

Learn in the fantastic Alan Turing Building - a modern, £43 million building designed to provide an ideal learning space for mathematics students.

Teaching and learning

The course is designed for students who wish to study both mathematics and physics in depth. You will attend lectures, tutorials, example classes and laboratory sessions, covering a broad range of topics in both subjects.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are normally assessed formally at the end of the semester via examinations. Laboratory or computer-based course units also employ assignments and other methods of continuous assessment.

Course unit details

You can find out more information about the course units included in your chosen degree programme here

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Pure Mathematics B MATH10111 15 Mandatory
Calculus and Vectors A MATH10121 20 Mandatory
Linear Algebra B MATH10212 15 Mandatory
Calculus and Applications A (Physics) MATH11222 10 Mandatory
Dynamics PHYS10101 10 Mandatory
Quantum Physics and Relativity PHYS10121 10 Mandatory
Year 1 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS10280 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Waves PHYS10302 10 Mandatory
Electricity & Magnetism PHYS10342 10 Mandatory
Properties of Matter PHYS10352 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Real Analysis B MATH20111 10 Mandatory
Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus A MATH20401 20 Mandatory
2P2: Complex Analysis MATH29142 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics PHYS20101 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetism PHYS20141 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Solid State Physics PHYS20252 10 Mandatory
Year 2 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS20280 10 Mandatory
Wave Optics PHYS20312 10 Mandatory
Statistical Mechanics PHYS20352 10 Mandatory
Professional Development PHYS20811 0 Mandatory
Metric Spaces MATH20122 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 1 MATH20201 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 2 MATH20212 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MATH20502 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Programming for Physicists PHYS20161 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS30121 10 Mandatory
Quantum Computing COMP39112 10 Optional
Comparative Planetology EART30232 10 Optional
Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
Information visions: past, present and future HSTM20282 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today HSTM31212 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
Topology MATH31052 10 Optional
Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
Commutative Algebra MATH32011 10 Optional
Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32051 10 Optional
Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34032 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
Mathematical Biology MATH35032 10 Optional
Symmetry in Geometry and Nature MATH35082 10 Optional
Convex Optimization MATH36061 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30012 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Lagrangian Dynamics PHYS20401 10 Optional
Condensed Matter Physics PHYS30051 10 Optional
Applications of Quantum Physics PHYS30101 10 Optional
Mathematical Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics PHYS30201 10 Optional
Yr 3 Physics Laboratory (One block) PHYS30280 10 Optional
Cosmology PHYS30392 10 Optional
Electrodynamics (M) PHYS30441 10 Optional
Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS30632 10 Optional
Physics of Fluids PHYS30652 10 Optional
Mathematical Methods for Physics PHYS30672 10 Optional
Stars and Stellar Evolution PHYS30692 10 Optional
Physics of Living Processes PHYS30732 10 Optional
Object-Oriented Programming in C++ PHYS30762 10 Optional
BSc dissertation PHYS30880 10 Optional
Exoplanets PHYS31692 10 Optional
Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHYS40202 10 Optional
Particle Physics PHYS40222 10 Optional
Nuclear Physics PHYS40322 10 Optional
Applied Nuclear Physics PHYS40422 10 Optional
Semiconductor Quantum Structures PHYS40712 10 Optional
Physics and Reality PHYS41702 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 48 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

What our students say

Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Physics and Astronomy blog .


Turing building
Turing Concourse

You will benefit from an excellent range of facilities available across both physics and mathematics - including the £43 million Alan Turing Building, which has been purpose-built with input from mathematics staff and students to provide an optimal learning environment.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services , helping you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: